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Cannabinolic Acid (CBNA)

CBNA (Cannabinolic Acid)

Cannabinolic Acid (CBNA) molecule structure

To learn about other cannabinoids go to our Cannabis Hemp Dictionary page.

What is CBNA?

CBNA, or cannabinolic acid, is the cannabinoid precursor to the more well-known CBN. It’s derived from THC when exposed to light and heat and continued exposure results in the cannabinoid converting into CBN. CBNA is not a heavily researched cannabinoid, but studies that have been conducted have shown some promising results. 

Potential medical benefits of CBNA are comparable to, if not better than, the potential medical benefits of CBN. It also does not have any psychoactive effects, unlike its precursor THC, which means that a wider range of people can enjoy CBNA’s various potential medical benefits.

Chemical Makeup

CBNA is a THC derivative created through the process of oxidation. Exposure to light and heat over extended periods of time breaks down the chemical composition of THC, converting it into THCA, which then becomes CBNA through further oxidation. 

Increased levels of CBNA and CBN are present in aged cannabis because of this slowly-occurring process.

CBNA Effects

CBNA is non-psychoactive, so it will not get you high, but it does have a variety of potential medical benefits for you to enjoy. Those benefits include antibacterial properties, appetite stimulation, relief from glaucoma symptoms, anti-inflammatory properties, anticonvulsant properties, and bone loss reversal. 

One of the most intriguing potential medical benefits of CBNA is its possible application as a cancer treatment, particularly for colon cancer. 

Studies have found that CBNA, among other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBC, seems to slow the spread of cancer by inducing cancer cell death. While research is still ongoing into the cannabinoid’s anti-cancer properties, the current findings are nonetheless promising.

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